MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Oct. 21-25.

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Justin Wendling, a senior agriculture business major from Lithia, Florida, was recently awarded Intern of the Year for the North Central Division within Helena Agri-Enterprises at the conclusion of his summer internship. 

Wendling was selected from a competitive group of interns across the Midwest for his performance at Helena. He said this internship has already opened doors for him ahead of his graduation in May.

“I can’t put into words how much this internship meant to me,” Wendling said. “To be awarded Intern of the Year at the end of the summer put the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.”

Through his work at Helena, Wendling experienced countless real-world scenarios and developed endless relationships, all while learning the day-to-day operations of helping growers make the best decisions for their farms.

The 2019 Helena summer intern class was comprised of 42 students from 27 universities across the country. The scholarship award is designed to encourage creativity and innovation among the intern team and assist with college expenses.

This is the second consecutive year that a Murray State student has received this award. 

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More than 250 high school students from eight regional high schools attended the annual High School Media Workshop at Murray State University on Sept. 27. 

Sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, the workshop offered sessions ranging from crafting effective news stories to best practices for social media to a media arts showcase for video production. Murray State faculty, staff, alumni and media professionals taught sessions aimed at helping high school media students develop new skills in journalism and media production. 

High schools participating in the workshop were Calloway County, Carlisle County, Evansville (Indiana) Mater Dei, Graves County, McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman, St. Mary and Trigg County.

Aside from the sessions, the workshop also sponsors an annual contest for yearbook, newspaper, online news sites and video production.

Winners were: 

Yearbook division

Best feature story

First – Garrett Childress, McCracken County High School

Second – Emily Winstead, Murray High School

Third – Emma Kerr, Isaac LaBarge, Gabe Russell, St. Mary High School

Honorable mention – Ryan Gilituk and Hunter Grace Hayes, McCracken County High School

Honorable mention – Mallory Finley, Trigg County High School

Best sports feature

First – Max Collins, McCracken County High School

Second – Keaton Elliott, Colin Doss, Audrey Bondurant, Andre Bellamy, St. Mary High School

Third – Rylee Bush, Trigg County High School

Honorable mention – Isaac LaBarge, Gabe Russell and Emma Kerr, St. Mary High School

Honorable mention – Keaton Elliott, Colin Doss, Audrey Bondurant and Andre Bellamy, St. Mary High School

Best school life section

First – McCracken County High School

Second – Evansville Mater Dei High School

Third – St. Mary High School

Best sports section

First – Murray High School

Second – Evansville Mater Dei

Third – Madeline Lorch, Cash Mayo, Hope Brownfield, St. Mary High School

Best Cover Design

First – Evansville Mater Dei High School

Second – Emily Winstead, Murray High School

Third – St. Mary High School

Best overall yearbook

First – McCracken County High School

Second – Evansville Mater Dei High School

Third – Murray High School

Newspaper division

News story

First – Jameson Evers, McCracken County High School

Second – Andrew Katz, Paducah Tilghman High School

Feature story

First – Molli Guminski, McCracken County High School

Second – Zoe Stom, Calloway County High School

Third – Zoe Stom, Calloway County High School

Reviews

First – Katie Peck, Paducah Tilghman High School

Second – Erin Stafford, Paducah Tilghman High School

Third – Julia Starky, Calloway County High School

Personality profiles

First – Julianna Moore, Paducah Tilghman High School

Second – Angelique Moore, Calloway County High School

Third – Cheslee Wilson, Calloway County High School

Editorial and opinion writing

First – Hailey Watson, Calloway County High School

Second – Hailey Watson, Calloway County High School

Sports writing

First – Lee Gamble, Calloway County High School

Second – Jameson Evers, McCracken County High School

Third – Nick Kendall, Graves County High School

Photography (General)

First – Angelique Minard, Calloway County High School

Second – Graves County High School

Third – Shelby Durham and Julianna Moore, Paducah Tilghman High School

Photography (news)

First – Jillian Smith, Calloway County High School

Second – Hailey Watson, Calloway County High School

Third – Jillian Smith, Calloway County High School

Photography (sports)

First – Brianna Emery, Calloway County High School

Second – Devon Koncher, Calloway County High School

Third – Zoe Watkins, Calloway County High School

Illustrations and graphics

First – Paducah Tilghman High School

Second – Paducah Tilghman High School

Column

First – Devon Konchar, Calloway County High School

Second – Devon Konchar, Calloway County High School

Third – Hailey Watson, Calloway County High School

Front page design

First – Paducah Tilghman High School

Second – Calloway County High School

Third – Calloway County High School

Feature front design

First – Angelique Minard, Calloway County High School

Second – Angelique Minard, Calloway County High School

Third – Angelique Minard, Calloway County High School

Sports front design

First – Will Benson, Calloway County High School

Second – Will Benson, Calloway County High School

Third – Kendall Wheeler, Calloway County High School

Overall newspaper design

First – Paducah Tilghman High School

Second – Calloway County High School

Third – Calloway County High School

Advertising design

First – Calloway County High School

Second – Graves County High School

Third – Graves County High School

Online news division

Website design

First – Graves County High School

Social media campaign

First – Graves County High School

Social media post

Honorable mention – Graves County High School

Video division

News or feature package

First – Trevor Champion, Bradley Davis, Irey Cass and Abby Cope, McCracken County High School

Second – Kaelyn Rowell, McCracken County High School

Third – Julie Bryson, Graves County High School

Honorable mention – Julie Bryson, Graves County High School

News/feature program

First – McCracken County High School

Second – Graves County High School

Third – McCracken County High School

Sports program

First – McCracken County High School

Second – McCracken County High School

Sports package

First – Nelson Browning and Weston Hester, Graves County High School

Second – Devin Cope and Race Richards, Graves County High School

Digital shorts

First – Jennifer Xharicata, Audrea Thomas, Ja’Nya Farmer and Makayla Martin, Mayfield High School

Second – Bryce Lawson, Virginia Glass and Jackson Glover, Mayfield High School

Third – Avery Bradley, Graves County High School

Honorable mention – Myles Gaia, McCracken County High School

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Dr. Bassil El Masri, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, recently published a research article in Scientific Reports, a nature.com research journal, along with several co-authors from various institutions including the Woods Hole Research Center, Northern Arizona University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Quebec and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The article is titled “Carbon and Water Use Efficiencies: A Comparative Analysis of Ten Terrestrial Ecosystem Models under Changing Climate.” The research contributes to the understanding of carbon and water cycles in terrestrial ecosystems and is essential to assess the magnitude and response of terrestrial ecosystems to the changing climate. 

Dr. Bassil El Masri, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, recently published a research article in Scientific Reports, a nature.com research journal, along with several co-authors from various institutions including the Woods Hole Research Center, Northern Arizona University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Quebec and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The full article can be accessed at https://rdcu.be/bT1j5.

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A form originating from Murray State Athletics has been used in official training materials by the NCAA.

Originally created by athletic certification coordinator Mandy Youngblood, the University’s form is listed as an example in the NCAA’s official training handbook dedicated to the student-athlete eligibility certification process.

The University’s athletic certification program was audited by the NCAA in 2009 and 2016, receiving a positive assessment each time.

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